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Home Depot shooting leaves two dead

NEW YORK – A Brooklyn man who shot and killed his Home Depot manager before turning the gun on himself appeared to target the man, police said on Monday.

First responders raced to the store at 40 West 23rd Street on Sunday after they got the call of shots fired around 2:45 p.m. Police identified the shooter as Calvin Esdaile, 31, of Brooklyn. Esdaile allegedly made his way into the store to find the manager and shot him in the abdomen and chest, the source said.

Police said the victim is Moctar Sy, 38, of the Bronx.

Esdaile then turned the gun on himself and was pronounced dead at the scene, the source said.

Witnesses described a chaotic scene following the shooting, with customers scrambling to get out of the store.

Porsero Velez, who arrived at the store to pick up his girlfriend described the scene inside as “very ugly.” His girlfriend, cried in his arms, as Velez consoled her.

A representative from Home Depot said the store is cooperating with the investigation, which it called an isolated incident.

– Tribune News Service


Alleged Russian spies subject to charges

NEW YORK (Bloomberg News) – Three Russians were charged with running a spy ring in New York City that included gathering intelligence on the impact of U.S. economic sanctions on their country.

Evgeny Buryakov was arrested Monday in the Bronx, according to a statement from the U.S. Department of Justice. The other two are no longer in the United States. Buryakov used a job as an employee at a Manhattan branch of a Russian bank as his cover, while actually working for Russia’s Foreign Intelligence Service, known as SVR, according to the complaint. SVR is the successor of the KGB. Igor Sporyshev claimed to work at the New York office of Russia’s trade mission in the United States and Victor Podobnyy as an attache to Russia’s permanent mission at the United Nations. Both had diplomatic immunity and aren’t in the United States, according to the Justice Department.

“These charges demonstrate our firm commitment to combating attempts by covert agents to illegally gather intelligence and recruit spies within the United States,” Attorney General Eric H. Holder Jr. said.


Snowmobile accidents concern county officials

LOWVILLE – Lewis County is a huge destination for snowmobilers, but lately the county has been the site of a series of accidents related to snowmobiling. According to several sources, the two common factors for crashes are speed and inexperience.

Deputy Sheriff Michael K. Leviker, parks and recreation officer for the Lewis County Sheriff’s Department, said there were six reported accidents to which the sheriff’s department and state police responded from Thursday to Saturday.

These incidents are in addition to a Jan. 17 accident that sent a Clifton Park woman to a Syracuse hospital and to the Jan. 14 death of a 45-year-old East Greenbush man.

“Seventy percent of the issue is speed,” said Frederick L. Siems, board of directors member for Brantingham Snomads Inc.

He said people going too fast lose control of their sleds, or obstacles come up on the trail and they are going too fast to slow down. “Slow down – the ride lasts longer,” Siems said.

– Watertown Daily Times


Blacks angered about being stopped on campus

NEW YORK (Bloomberg News) – Anger over blacks’ treatment by police took on a campus focus after a New York Times columnist said Yale University police held his son at gunpoint after mistaking him for a black burglary suspect.

Charles M. Blow said in an op-ed piece in the Times that his son, a third-year student at the Ivy League school in New Haven, Conn., was stopped Saturday evening after leaving the campus library. The officer brandished a gun and made Blow’s son lie on the ground before asking for identification or telling him why he was being detained, Blow wrote.

“When I spoke to my son, he was shaken up. I, however, was fuming,” Blow wrote Monday.

Elite colleges have been the scene of allegations of overzealous police actions in incidents involving race. Some black students and professors say interactions with law enforcement can be humiliating and frightening. Police say they are trying to make sure campuses remain safe. The dean of Yale’s undergraduate college and the campus police chief apologized for the incident, Blow said.